The bagged spinach was past its sell-by date; the rice was leftover from last night's stir-fry, those cute little peppers were on their way out; the tiny zucchini was dimpled, and there is a lone carrot there somewhere behind the spinach. That was it! I grabbed a new onion from the counter, an open bag of lentils, a can each of chickpeas & tomato paste, some garlic, spices, and a hunk of good parmesean cheese to add to the rescued veggies. (I did not use the Chinese eggplant, scallions, broccoli and the baby bok choi I bought yesterday...)
Into the pressure cooker with six cups of water,
And after 20 minutes in the pressure cooker...done!
Too late for lunch, but I will taste later and adjust the seasonings. Now it's time to go and iron some fabric.
* Later: tasted it, added some bacon, more spices and salt and simmered it for an hour. Had it for dinner and it was divine. Whether you're cooking without a recipe or making a quilt without a recipe, you're pretty much assured of getting something at least, interesting - and often, really good! Best of all, it's never the same twice.